The Number One Question Everyone Needs Answered About Covid-19

The Number One Question Everyone Needs Answered About Covid-19

We all have questions about Covid-19.  2020 has nearly zoomed right past us at a snail speed.

We have stood by enraged or just quarantined through civil unrest, the rights of humanity, to mask or not, to homeschool or just graduate everyone who can hold a pencil, no touchy, go ahead and touchy, where’s the toilet paper, and of course, the Presidential election. 

None of us know what is going to happen next.  Furthermore, none of us get any of the same answers from any of the same sources.  My semi-adult children were enthralled with a video about “The Rona.”  After watching it 17 times each, they showed me.  It answered none of my pressing questions.  Immediately, I decided TIc-Tock was never going to be a platform I enlist to get my news.  

Greater, I want someone to now answer this question, how can 29 million people “love” a video of a monkey in a surgical mask trying to eat a bowl of Cheerios?  Some of us are trying to put up some quality content around here. Is this all that is really required to grip an audience?  

But I kind of get it. 

We have watched copious amounts of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.  And, we have executed all the suggestions of all the “experts” for making it through the great Quarantine of 2020.  I cannot make another thing out of popsicle sticks and Elmers, and we are officially out of glitter forever.  My young ones will forever believe that glitter ceased to be legal because of the virus. Maybe this is how Covid-19 rumors get started.  

I cannot stomach another single game of Uno, Scrabble, Monopoly, or Chutes and Ladders. Sidenote, you cannot out wit me in the game of ups and downs for pre-schoolers, don’t bother trying.  My closets are organized.  As are my shelves. And, I have cried in the bathtub, climbed out a two-story window, and hoarded things I had no real interest in 9 months ago.  

Now, I have no idea what I will ever do with 76 cans of refried beans?  

But that is not the number one question I or the rest of the population would like answered.  

This is what we need to know: What is the little piece of cling wrap on all the credit/debit card keypads in marketplaces for?  Because we are all still touching the keypad.  The same germs are getting on the saran wrap that would be getting on the keys.  

Someone, in the name of all that is good and decent, explain this, and I will not ask another question about COVID-19.  If this mystery can be solved, I will do whatever Tic-tock or Twitter says from now on.  

And it is not like I don’t have more questions.

 For instance, we FINALLY went out for dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant the other day.  Aside, from every other table being marked off, and the staff in surgical masks, it was a “normal” excursion.  Chips, salsa, margaritas, enchiladas, one child with a blue and yellow crayon and a coloring sheet, and the other crying hysterically because they only got a red and green crayon with their coloring sheet, and it is not Christmas yet… but that is when it got weird.  We got regular glass plates and drinking glasses and then they gave us plastic,  picnic-style forks, and knives.  You know, the kind you get with take out food with a flimsy one-ply napkin and one packet of salt and pepper? 

Again, I get it, we don’t want to spread this ickiness. 

But I don’t understand why we can put our mouths on the glasses and not the silverware?  Unless… our favorite establishment doesn’t wash forks and knives?  And now, if this is the case when everything gets back to “normal,” I have to find a new favorite Mexican restaurant.  

This taxes me, but it is not the number one question that’s answer evades me.  I need to understand why merchants have taken the “protective measure” with the cling wrap on the keypad.  I am not an argumentative person.  And I understand many people are.  I have put on my best cooperative, humanitarian, surgical face mask, and I wash thoroughly.   

I try not to question reasonable authority but this is keeping me up at nights. And, I feel like the question is fair and balanced, politically correct, and valid.  

We, humanity that is, have tolerated some pretty outlandish theories about the virus. In my opinion, it has been the best and worst of us.  And while there has been much loss and dozens of questions left unanswered, this mystery simply must be addressed.  

Is the debit card keypad at risk of spreading the virus to the cash register?  

Could it be the virus is not a contagious human pathogen and instead it is going to attack our hard drives?  

Did we miss the memo about Saran Wrap being repellent against the deadly illness?

Should we all be wrapped in cling wrap? 

I hear you, the disinfectant can get inside the machine.  But I have watched, they are not spraying the debit card machine when they clean the rest of the check out area.  So why is it wrapped???

And, this is the number one question I feel could unite us.

In a nation divided by politics, race relations, vaccinations, face masks, and socioeconomic classes, can we not come together and demand that this be explained?  We are the consumer.  It is our responsibility to make our wisest and safest decisions.  And I feel like we have calmed a bit.  We have complied with numerous safety injunctions.  

Yet we are left with this looming question, one I insist be answered.  

Common sense and common courteousness might evade us – but darn it, this has gone on long enough.  I will stick to imposed toilet paper rationing and I submit to the grocery shopping rule, “one per customer until further notice.”  However, if someone does not explain to me the reasoning behind cling wrapping the debit card kiosks I am going rogue.  

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God bless all races and nationalities, vote your conscious, but PLEASE vote.  And while y’all do that I am marching.  Not outside the White House, but into every Walmart, Target, CVS, and Best Buy, (within a 30-mile radius of my house) and ripping the blasted cling wrap off the keypads!

I am done with this madness. 

I will not rest until this accomplished.  Perhaps it will do nothing to stop the spread of the virus, frankly, it may increase the potency. But in the name of Sam Hill, just tell us. Until this is question is answered, it is a brand on our intelligence.  It is a confusing and menacing issue that leaves consumers, whose bewildered faces cannot be seen behind their masks, even more, confused about their safety.  

In a world gone stark raving mad, the reason the cling wrap is on the keypad question simply must be answered.  

Let it never be said we did not ask. Now, let the battle cry rage.  



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  1. Macey on October 18, 2020 at 8:52 am

    The cling wrap is there so that you may wipe it down with your Lysol wipe or spray it before you use it yourself. It is for the consumer’s own peace of mind. At least that’s what I do if they don’t have Apple Pay.

  2. Karen on October 18, 2020 at 9:51 am

    The cling wrap on the key pad? Well, at my daughter’s store a customer used a spray disinfectant on the key pad before using it causing it to short circuit. Therefore, it could not be used by anyone until repaired. Brilliant! Meanwhile, she lowered her mask to scratch her itchy nose, complaining all the while, and then proceeded with her transaction at another register and key pad being told “do not spray the key pad!”

  3. Kristin on October 18, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Oh my word, you asked the question we’ve all been wondering!!!

  4. Dawn shaw on October 18, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I heard it’s to protect the keypad from customers who were spraying large amounts of Lysol and other cleaning liquids all over the keypad.

  5. Shannon Miracle on October 18, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Hysterical! I was “ranting” about this yesterday to my 19-year-old son, who usually does his best to escape but we happened to be in the car! I went into a store that literally had a zip lock bag over their card machine with a hole cut into it where your card goes. I thought to myself (and no, I did not ask the 70-year-old gentleman as I figured he has enough to deal with!) “Do you change this bag after every customer?” I already knew the answer anyway! LOL!

  6. Katie on October 18, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Laughing out loud! For real? I have wondered this same thing. They don’t wash it, at least not when I’m there, and they don’t replace it between customers. I feel like I’m being asked to lick a toilet seat when I slide my card through it. What is it there for?! #inquiringmindsmightwantoknow

  7. Dawn Shaw on October 19, 2020 at 5:33 am

    I loved this post. Don’t let the brainwashed sheep get you down. Like I commented yesterday, the plastic wrap is to stop the brainwashed sheep from ruining their keypad by spraying a gallon of Lysol all over it! May Jesus be all over you!

  8. Sara on October 19, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Thank you for making me laugh! I am so tired of it all. I’m happy to do whatever they ask of me. I’ll wear my mask, I always wash my hands and I never complain when I have to stand in line. However, my patience runs thin when they keep changing the rules! One time I go to Walmart and we can only enter on the right side. The next visit we can only enter on the left side. Next time the tent is up and we go through what appears to be security; must wear mask! Next time…tent is gone and I have no idea which door to enter! It’s ridiculous and I’m tired of being dazed and confused! Thank God I still have my sense of humor! Love you Jami and thank you for making me laugh!

  9. Brenda M Rossi on October 19, 2020 at 10:41 am

    As always, you make me laugh. I appreciate the way you think because I often have similar thoughts and seeing your thoughts on the screen makes me think “I’m not alone in that so I must not be crazy.” Well, maybe a little crazy but who cares. I thought a similar thing about the saran wrap and my conclusion (definitely not verified but helps me deal with some of the craziness) is that, though they don’t clean it after every customer (at least the stores I visit don’t), they are cleaning them more often than ever before and it’s to protect the print on the keypads? After a while, it’s got to start wiping away the numbers. Just a thought. Happy writing, Jami!

  10. Joanne C on October 19, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for a humorous look at society today! I think the same people who did this probably also installed the Braille on drive through ATMs. And as I went through checkout last night, after a fraught day, I saw the wrap, remembered your blog and immediately smiled and things seemed better ❤️

  11. Erin on October 19, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Too funny! I was at a doctor’s office recently, and the poor front desk ladies were pulling out a wipe and wiping down the card reader / signature section after every person. Ugh!

  12. Sally Tooley on October 19, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    I teach in an elementary school computer lab. The plastic wrap is so you can use disinfectant spray and not ruin the keypad/keyboard. I prefer alcohol wipes but I know a lot of teachers and dentists’ offices who are using plastic wrap so they can spray them.

  13. Kristie Sample on October 20, 2020 at 4:52 am

    Love this

  14. sandy on October 20, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Hilarious! Thank you for trying to make light of what has turned into a very stressful year…

  15. Tana Payne on October 21, 2020 at 12:49 am

    I always appreciate your perspective. We all need to laugh a little more and you’re the perfect person to induce said laughter. I’m in agreement. WHY the cling wrapped debit card machine? Whyyyyyy? It makes NO sense.

  16. Barb Fuller on October 21, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Love this article!!!! Love everything you write. Laughter is good like a medicine. It’s good for our bones, so says the word of God. Thanks for the medication. My bones feel better already. Feel sorry for your “ friend “ who missed out on the fun of this article. Hurting people, hurt people. He or she must be hurting big- time.

  17. Camille Lechliter on October 22, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I loved your article! I wondered the same about McDonald’s (and probably other fast food places) and having their people at the window in those little gloves. I asked people if anybody understood how this was better than no gloves at all – with no luck. I thought it would be easier to wash your hands – and cheaper too – than to change your gloves after each customer. But do they change them? Not as far as I can tell. MMMMM. Is it a conspiracy to get us to believe this is actually helping? Or is everybody else convinced it IS helping and I’m the only one out here that thinks this is weird?!

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